Tuesday, September 20, 2022

REVIEW: Making the Match by Kristen Ashley

You don’t get to make decisions for me, Mr. Pierce.”
“You’re wrong, baby. I do.”

Making the Match, an all-new spicy, heartfelt and emotional second chance standalone romance in the River Rain Series from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!


As a huge fan of Kristen Ashley's, we never ever miss a chance to read her latest release so when Making the Match arrived on my Kindle, I immediately dropped everything and started reading. I went in blind, which meant that I totally forgot I was reading Tom's book and I remember thinking, hmmmm, how is she going to do it? How will she redeem him for me? I mean he cheated on America's Sweetheart! But as we all should know by now, Kristen Ashley knows what she's doing and within pages, I was rooting for him and by the end, I was verklempt in my emotions for him and his family. Gah. 

This story is the story of Tom and Mika. A love story of two adults who've lived through deep heartbreak and managed to find each other, again, when the time was finally right for them both. I loved everything about their story--from their first meeting, their subsequent interactions, and the reunion that almost wasn't. I liked Chloe's scheming, as well as Nora's (and now I really want to see her have a story). I loved meeting Cadence and reading about Sasha and Matt and Hale and, well, all of them. There was not one aspect of this love story that I didn't enjoy. And I'm not sure if I'm just emotional these days or what, but Mika and Tom had some scenes that just gutted me and the wisdom they shared with each other and other characters hit to the heart of me. There were moments I had to put my Kindle down and just take a minute to collect myself and think through how powerful some of those lines were. It's not everyday that I get a read like that and perhaps strangely, I enjoyed feeling all the feels--both the joy and melancholy.

Out of all the KA novels, this one is one I could see as a movie--it has all the makings of a must watch--love, betrayal, and redemption tinged in a little sadness and lot of sweetness. Both Tom and Mika seemed larger than life and completely ordinary and I couldn't get enough of them, whether it was their personal histories, their friends and lovers, or just their dope homes; I was in their thrall until the end and was truly sad that it had to end. 

As usual, I love the way KA structures her novels. The major conflict between our two main characters happens fairly early on and we get to savor their falling in love for the vast majority of the novel; you know that the tension will invariably be because of an outside source and that the resulting issue will not rock the relationship and will most likely be resolved quickly. Making the Match followed this structure and I found myself enjoying all parts of the story more because of it. Rather than focus on impending doom, I could focus on the relationships and storylines of all of the characters and because of that, I am now hoping we have a dozen more novels in this series because I'm in love with all of the characters. The end.

If you love second chance, single parent romance, pining, a couple over 40, redemption and forgiveness, this is the book for you.

Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “It Girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.

Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.

They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspeakable tragedy darkens Mika’s life.

Years later, the impossible happens.

A time comes when they’re both unattached.

But now Tom has made a terrible mistake. A mistake so damaging to the ones he loves, he feels he’ll never be redeemed.

Mika has never forgotten how far and how fast she fell when she met him, but Tom’s transgression is holding her distant from reaching out.

There are matchmakers in their midst, however.

And when the plot has been unleashed to make that match, Tom and Mika are thrown into an international intrigue that pits them against a Goliath of the sports industry.

Now they face a massive battle at the same time they’re navigating friendship, attraction, love, family, grief, redemption, two very different lives lived on two opposite sides of a continent and a box full of kittens.

Fall in love with Tom and Mika!
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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over eighty romance novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold millions of books.
Kristen recently released GOSSAMER IN THE DARKNESs, a novella with 1,001 Dark Nights based in Kristen's Fantasyland universe.
In September 2022, she'll publish the fourth in the River Rain Series, the story of Tom and Mika, MAKING THE MATCH. She also has upcoming books in her Wild West MC romance series, and her romantic thriller series, Misted Pines.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana and was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.
You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net

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